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Avant-Garde Born in Pidzamche
29 August 2019


On August 29, 2019 the Jam Factory hosted Andrij Bojarov lecture "Stories of Lviv Modernism: 90 Years After Foundation of the artes Art Group (1929-1935)".

The history of the artes group and of Lviv milieu of Avant-Garde artists still remains a little known chapter in the art of Ukraine. The group was founded in Lviv in the late 1929, upon return of young and radical Lviv artists from their studies in the Modern Academy of Fernand Léger and other European schools. The union included artists from different communities of Lviv such as Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians. Its emergence and activities were related to the world art centers, predominantly of Paris. The group included, among others: Jerzy Janisz, Ludwik Lille, Roman and Margit Selski (the only ones who stayed in Lviv after the war), Henryk Streng, Aleksander Krzywoblocki, Pavlo Kovzhun, Tadeusz Wojciechowski a.o. History and heritage of the art group artes is now a shared cultural legacy of Ukraine and Poland.

The lecture is an attempt to draw attention to the topic of Lviv Avant-Garde on the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the artes group. The lecture is based on the materials of the book by Piotr Lukaszewicz "artes Art Group (1929-1935)". The project of the Ukrainian publication of the book by Piotr Lukaszewicz on the artes group will be the first Ukrainian language research work on the artists. It is the first attempt to tell about activities and artistic legacy of Lviv Avant-Garde.

Andrij Bojarov, visual artist, independent curator, and researcher of Lviv and Ukrainian Avant-Garde, co-curator of exhibitions "Montages. Debora Vogel and a New Legend of the City" in the Museum of Art in Lodz (Poland), "Experiment!" on the history of Lviv photography and media art (Lodz, Poland), author and co-author of many exhibition projects and publications in Ukraine and internationally.